23 Aug 2014
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Sheriff: Weather Resource Information, Safe Driving Tips

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren offers safe travel tips and resource information to help residents cope with the first snowfall of the season.

Sheriff: Weather Resource Information, Safe Driving Tips


Sheriff Keith Nygren reminds all McHenry County drivers to travel safely and recommends links to several resources informing residents of building closures and road conditions.

There is a winter weather storm predicted for McHenry County in the next 24 hours. Information on this storm continues to develop.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office communicates with the public through several outlets.

Nygren is encouraging residents to be informed and sign up at Nixle www.nixle.com to receive emails and text messages. Nixle messages can be alerts, advisories, and community messages.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also has Facebook and Twitter accounts where the community can also receive messages.

The McHenry County Government Center will post building closures on the Emergency Closing Center website: www.emergencyclosingcenter.com/ecc/home.jsp.

Sign up to be notified for up to two closure notifications through e-mail. Enter under "facility name:" McHenry County Government Center.

For road conditions on state highways in Illinois, visit Illinois Department of Transportation site for information: www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on "Winter Road Conditions."

Information on Wisconsin Road Conditions: www.dot.state.wi.us/travel.

Here are a few suggestions the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has to help you drive safely:

  • Watch out for blowing and drifting snow on the roadways. This occurs especially in rural areas where there is nothing to slow down the strong winds.
  • Please SLOW DOWN and watch out for black ice: drive at slow speeds as you may come across unsafe road conditions.
  • Consider turning on your headlights or parking lights to make you more visible. Please be aware of other drivers on the roadway and use defensive driving tactics.
  • Consider staying home if you do not have to be on the roadways.
  • Travel during winter months with plenty of fuel in your tank and extra warm clothes. Please allow snow plow drivers room to work clearing the roadways.
  • In an event of an emergency please call 911 for assistance.

Look to your local media for additional information on this weather storm. www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/chicago-braces-for-freezeup-hi/2916837.

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